The Democrats and Republicans won't name their vice presidential nominees until the party conventions later this summer. But CBSNews.com is already scouring the field for potential running mates.
Joel Roberts and the CBS News Political Unit take a look at the front-runners for the number two slot in both parties.
After eight years as a (mostly) loyal sidekick to President Clinton, Al Gore gets a chance to pick a running mate of his own. And he's got a wide open field to choose from. Here are profiles of the leading lights on the Democratic side, along with assessments of their pros and cons as candidates.
The two most popular Republican vice presidential choices Colin Powell and John McCain insist they're not interested in the job. So what's George W. Bush to do about a partner for the big dance? Here's a look at the top GOP Veep contenders.